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Ceoltoir

Upgrade internal hardware or replace machine?

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I posted this on the Google+ page, but I'd like to get a variety of opinions on the subject, and there wasn't much traffic there.

 

I am Looking for some advice on a MacBookPro. My main work machine is a mid2009 MBP maxed out to 8GB of ram and a 512GB Hard Drive. I am running the most current version of OSX Yosemite. The heavy lifting is audio recording/editing with some video work thrown in. It is starting to show it's age with slow loading of some applications, the occasional video issue when playing a particular game (the Lego series is a weakness), and I'm beginning to get down to roughly 50GB of storage space left.


I did a clean install of the OS and applications when Yosemite came out, and I regularly perform the maintenance tasks such as repairing permissions, clearing the log and cache files, etc. I am thinking about replacing the current hard drive with a larger SSD, and moving the current hard drive over to the optical drive bay.

What I'd like opinions on is what kind of performance boast can i expect. I know things will load faster and what not, but are the memory (8GB) and video cards going to be able to keep up with software and OS upgrades coming out the next few years? Is this a worth while idea or should I consider replacing the machine entirely with a newer model?

Thanks in advance!
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replacing the boot disk with an SSD will make the mac feel like a new thing. ditch the optical dive replacing it with a sled to hold a spinning disk. move your user folder to the spinning disk using the "click the user name with the options key held down" then it to your spinning disk folder. this lets you use a "tiny" SSD instead of some large expensive one.

 

when SSDs cost lots more money I config'd Macs using the hybrid of disks like I suggested. using a tiny 32 or 64G as a boot SSD then using the spinning disk as the home for applications, music, and all the user data. I never wrote up the steps but essentially you make a SYMLINK from the SSD boot to /Applications on the bigger hard drive. there are tools that do this in a GUI or you can CLI an incantation.

 

some of the 2009 MBPs actually support 16G memory. YMMV. I just up'd a 2009 white Mac Book and it worked. the idea was that if the RAM didn't work I was going to send it back exchanging it for something else or pay the 15% restock fee shrugging "we had to try." either way it was a cheap enough experiment with no downside to either outcome.

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Thanks for the advice, John. I think I'm going to go for it and upgrade the machine I have including the RAM. Like you said if the RAM does work I can always send it back.

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here is the link for a HD/DVD sled. you need it to hold a spinning disk after you remove the DVD.

 

http://amzn.to/1TFNfp9

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Thanks again. Do you know if the caddy you linked to will enable the MBP to use an external superdrive? I was looking at this.

 

http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/

 

Also, the price seems right for this SSD. Do you have an opinion on the quality of it?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000LM014/dp/B00B99JUBQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1437227118&sr=8-2&keywords=ssd+2.5

 

I was also looking at this one.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E1T0B-AM/dp/B00OBRFFAS/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1437227118&sr=8-10&keywords=ssd+2.5

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the first drive link is not an SSD. it's a spinning disk.

 

the MCE Optibay kit does not include an external enclosure for the $30 price. you have to pay an additional $20. for cost of the case alone you can have a new DVD in a case and the sled. links:

http://amzn.to/1TFNfp9 plus http://amzn.to/1MeTqyd

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Awesome, thanks! We already own an external Superdrive so that saves a bunch of money that way.

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Finished the changeover yesterday. I ended up doing a clean install of the OS and applications to the new drive rather than clone my old drive so it took a couple days to get everything installed. Thanks again for all the advice.

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